Cultivating Resilience Through Kindness

October 4, 2019

Welcome! We’re so glad you found us.
Clearly spreading kindness is something you care about, otherwise you wouldn’t be
here. You’ll find all kinds of awesome free resources on this page to help you
teach kindness in schools including the training materials we’ve provided to
support the use of The Kindness in the Classroom Curriculum. As you may or may
not already know the kindness in the classroom curriculum is an
evidence-based, social-emotional learning program and was designed for use in
kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms. The research shows all kinds
of great outcomes and we invite you to head over to the research section of the
website where you can read all about it. In the meantime we wanted to let you
know about some of the questions we frequently get about the curriculum and
training. One of those questions is: Can’t I just implement the curriculum without
doing all the training? Sure! But we encourage you to use the training
materials because as with any curricula they are most effective when supported
by training. In addition unlike other subject areas such as math or reading
most teachers don’t get any course work on social-emotional learning. We hope
that this training will give teachers the foundation they need to confidently
integrate this into their classroom and support the social and emotional needs
of their students… and themselves. Yep! You heard that right. The first half of the
training is focused on you, the teacher. Some might call it self-care. We call it
necessary. It’s impossible to pour from an empty vessel so we believe the most
important part of this training is building resilience and kindness in
yourself. Another question we get is: I’m not a teacher but I feel like this
training could be useful in my business or organization. Can I use it that way?
Heck yes! The training is designed in a way that can be used in a variety of
settings. We have heard from businesses families and other organizations that
they have incorporated several activities from the training into their
daily routines. Check out kindness bingo as an
icebreaker or try gratitude ping-pong in the conference room Monday morning.
Feel free to send us other questions at [email protected] if we don’t answer them by the end of this video. Hopefully we’ll cover it all but don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re still unclear on anything.
Let’s start reviewing the training materials. We call our kindness in the
classroom training: “Cultivating Resilience Through Kindness”.
The intention is to train the whole school and was designed with the entire staff
in mind. It can be used to teach a few teachers or a couple of grades but keep
in mind that it works best in a whole school implementation model. Let’s start
by taking a look at the cultivating resilience through kindness training
manual. If you haven’t already downloaded it we recommend you pause and do so now.
As we mentioned earlier, this training is designed to focus on both the emotional
wellness of school staff as well as creating an understanding of how to use
the curriculum. When all sections of this training are delivered in one day it
typically takes about six hours. We know six hours sounds like a lot of time but
the good news is because the training is broken into sections it can also be delivered
over several days. Let’s go to pages 1-3.
Here you’ll see everything you need to deliver a successful training. The
participant folders checklist at the top of page 1 includes everything you need
to print and put in your participant folders. The next list on page one titled
trainer kits lists everything you as the trainer will need in order to be
prepared the day of the training. The charts list explains the wall charts
that will need to be created for the training. We recommend creating and
hanging these charts before the training as a time saver. The materials AV and
room setup lists on page 2 are suggestions for success. Page 3
includes training tasks designed to prepare you for a successful day. On
pages 4 and 5 you will see the trainers agenda at a glance where you
will find how long each section typically takes, the topics
included, and the activity and discussions. For the last part of this
video we’re going to review the remainder of the Cultivating Resilience
Through Kindness training format. Let’s turn to page 6 and use section 1
introduction as an example. Just like all of the other sections in this training,
you will find the estimated time at the top left-hand corner, the section name in
bold orange, the section number at the top right-hand corner and the components
and materials needed listed in the body of the page. Throughout the training
manual you will notice an orange circle with a check mark and the word ‘tip’. These
are facilitator tips to help your training be as successful as possible. We
encourage you to read through the entire manual including each facilitator tip
before you deliver this training to your building staff. You will notice as you
begin to look at pages 7 through 12, each page and script corresponds to slides on
the Cultivating Resilience Through Kindness PowerPoint. You can find this
PowerPoint including all the resources for this training in the training
materials section on this page. Lastly, please note that depending on the page
or slide there will be notes and/or directions for the presenter and a
script outlined in an orange box. This is how the entire training manual is set up.
Script, notes, and directions. You may have noticed that there are two other
training manuals posted on this page. The day one and day two of the Training for
Trainers ten hour manuals are designed for district or multiple school
use implementation. These help build capacity with school personnel to become
kindness in the classroom champions and assist with implementation and coaching
at the building level. Both of these manuals are set up the exact same way as
the manual we just reviewed. These manuals look very similar so please be sure
you’re referencing the correct manual. Again if you have any questions don’t
hesitate to reach out. This is meant to be fun. So enjoy, have fun, good luck and thank you for spreading kindness.

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